In a fourteen-minute video statement released this morning, Jim Webb, former Senator and Reagan Democrat, has announced that he will seek the nomination for President in 2016. Theoretically, he’s the first Democrat to officially announce, but nowhere in his fourteen-minute long speech does Jim Webb ever actually indicate which party he’s running for. So your guess is as good as mine.
He does mention that the Democratic party has changed significantly, though, from the party of apple pie, baseball and children who never got muddy to the party of people who will go out of their way to pretend they have no actual ideology.
The Democratic Party used to be the place where people like these could come not for a handout but for an honest handshake, good full-time jobs, quality education, health care they can afford, and the vital, overriding belief that we’re all in this together and the system is not rigged.
We can get there again. The American Dream does survive.
That, by the way, is a shout-out to Elizabeth Warren, who despite winning an election herself and potentially pulling in advisors for a 2016 run at the White House, believes the system, which she will count on to elect her to its highest office, is rigged. Elizabeth Warren may have a great following on the Internet, and among East Coast Subaru owners clubs, but she lacks the grasp of reality normally necessary for a leadership role that someone isn’t just making up for her so that they can meet diversity guidelines.
Jim Webb, on the other hand, has actual experience and is regarded as a pretty solid guy among people who remember who he is.